Fifa chief plugs African league

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Lubum­bashi

– Fifa pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino has said he would like to see an African league cre­ated and in­vest­ment of more than $1 bil­lion on sta­dia.

“We have to take the 20 best African clubs and put them in an Africa league,” In­fantino said dur­ing a visit to the DR Congo to cel­e­brate the 80th birth­day of club TP Mazembe.

“Such a league could make at least $200 mil­lion in rev­enue, which would put it among the top 10 in the world,” he added.

In­fantino said he planned to launch an ap­peal “to col­lect a bil­lion dol­lars be­fore be­ing able to give ev­ery African coun­try a real foot­ball sta­dium up to Fifa stan­dards.”

The 49-year-old who took over as head of world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body in 2016 said his ideas were to help foot­ball in Africa com­pete on a global level. – AFP

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